Failure: A turning out to be unsuccessful, disappointing or lacking.
Fail: To turn out to be deficient or wanting, as inability, quality, etc.
To miss doing or accomplishing something; to prove inadequate; fall short.


Devotion for Failure

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” We have all heard this, but sometimes you just grow so weary of trying, that you just want to scream, “I give up!”

I remember a specific day, quite a few years ago.  I was trying to install a small ceiling fan in our main bathroom, which in itself is not a difficult task for me.  I had installed all the other fans in the house, and all went smoothly.  However, I was installing this fan in a small area, about four feet square.  I struggled with the ladder for a long time and finally got it situated under the light fixture.  I had no problems taking the light fixture down, but after that, things went downhill fast.  I got to the wiring and just couldn’t hold the ceiling fan and attach the wires at the same time.  Ceiling fans are heavy and the newer ones come with a little hook that holds the fan while you work on attaching the wires . . . not this one!  I tried praying, I tried yelling, nothing was helping me.  Our house wasn’t air-conditioned and it was hot, but with my temper, things just got hotter.  I remember leaning against the wall with my feet on the ladder, confined in this small, hot space, scraping my knuckles on the ceiling, holding a ceiling fan that I just couldn’t attach.

You’ve probably figured out by now, that I am a stubborn person, who doesn’t easily give up.  However, after struggling for over an hour, I was ready to give up and I actually began to cry.  I was tired, sweating, frustrated, disheartened and angry.  I was ready to scream, “I give up!”  After wallowing in self-pity for a few minutes, I came to my senses, grabbed the ceiling fan and climbed down the ladder.  I had finally realized that I was not going to be able to hang the fan by myself.  While I was trying to hang the fan, I begged and pleaded with God for his help.  You know what . . . sometimes his help is as simple as getting another person to help you.

A person should not be ashamed of failure. I ’ve heard it said, “If you’ve never failed, you’re not doing anything.”  I believe that statement is true and how will you ever know if you will succeed at something, if you never try?

So, did I ever get that ceiling fan hung?  Yes, I waited for my daughter, who was more than happy to help me.  Things went smoothly, once I had all the equipment I needed to do the job . . . the knowledge, the screwdrivers, the fan and an extra pair of hands.  Did God help me to accomplish the task?  I believe he gave me the ability and the knowledge to hang a fan and then he gave me the common sense to see that I needed help too.  I was thankful to my daughter for her help and so thankful that God did not hold my little temper tantrum against me.  Instead he gently prodded me in the right direction.  As the scriptures says “with God, all things are possible!”

Relating Scriptures:

Jeremiah 8:4
Jeremiah, say this to the people of Judah: This is what the Lord says: You know if a man falls down, he gets up again. And if a man goes the wrong way, he turns around and comes back.

Proverbs 24:16
The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble.

2 Corinthians 4:9
We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success.

Psalm 145:14
He helps those who are in trouble; he lifts those who have fallen.

Psalm 121:1-2
I lift up my eyes to the hills . . . where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

II Corinthians 12:9
But he (God) said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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